Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

Monday, March 30, 2015

¡Dé su Opinión! ESTE - Raise Your Voice EAST Flyer Now Available in Spanish

The Raise Your Voice EAST Flyer is now available in Spanish.  To download the flyer, please click HERE.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Metro to Present for Senior Social Club at TESS Center THIS FRIDAY March 27th 11 am

Representatives from Metro will be at Community Action's Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Center on Friday, March 27th from 11 am - 1 pm to speak with the Senior Social Club.  Members of the community are encouraged to attend this FREE event to share their experiences with Metro and learn about Metro services.

Space is limited for this event and RSVPs are required.  The first 50 participants will be accepted on a first come - first serve basis.  To reserve a spot, please call (240)773-8260.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Community Action Co-Sponsors Financial Capability Symposium on April 6th - FREE

Community Action is co-sponsoring a special program about financial literacy with CAFE Montgomery, Family Services Inc, Maryland CASH Campaign, Montgomery Fair Housing, and Asian American Homeownership Counseling, Inc.

When: April 6th, 8:30 AM - 12 Noon

Where: The Universities at Shady Grove

Cost: FREE

How to Register: Click HERE

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Community Action Board to Host Poverty Forum in East County on April 22nd

The Community Action Board will host its 2nd poverty forum on Wednesday, April 22nd at the East County Regional Services Center.  

Register for free online by clicking HERE or by calling (240) 777-1697.

Free food and child care will be provided.

VITA Program Featured on Montgomery al Dia

Montgomery Al Dia

Maureen Larenas, Program Manager at the Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Center, and Eddie Mendes, VITA Fellow, were featured on the March 17th episode of Montgomery al Dia.  The interview focused on free tax services available to County residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.  Watch the full program online HERE.

Montgomery Al Dia -

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Catholic Charities to Offer English Classes in Gaithersburg

Registration is now open for English classes offered by Community Action partner, Catholic Charities.  Classes begin in April at two locations in Gaithersburg.  Weekday and Saturday classes are available.  For more information, please contact:

Spanish Catholic Center
201 East Diamond Ave. 3rd Floor, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Monday‐Friday 9:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
301‐740‐2523 Ext.972 & 977 

Monday, March 16, 2015

FREE Tax Preparation in Long Branch THIS Saturday, March 21st!

The VITA Program will provide FREE tax preparation in the Long Branch community THIS Saturday, March 21st from 11 am - 3 pm.  This special event will take place at the Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.  

**No appointments necessary.  
**First come, first served before 2 pm.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham Creates "Spent" - An Online Poverty Simulator

Urban Ministries of Durham has created an online tool to simulate what it's like to live paycheck-to-paycheck.  Click HERE to participate in the simulation.

Urban Ministries of Durham Website

Monday, March 9, 2015

Community Action Awards - Nominations Deadline Extended to March 20th!

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2015 Community Action Month Awards has been extended to March 20th.  

Nominations may be submitted online by clicking HERE.  

To download a paper nomination form, please click HERE.  

To request a nomination form, or for other questions, please call the Community Action Agency at (240)777-1697.

The 2015 Awards Categories:
• Marcia Plater Community Action Adult Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of an adult whose volunteer services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency. This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.

• Marcia Plater Community Action Youth Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of a youth volunteer whose services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency. This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.

• Henry L. Dixon Community Action Award for an Organization – This award honors the contributions of a local organization that promotes self-sufficiency for adults in the County. 

• Gerald J. Roper, Sr. Community Action Award for a Youth Organization – This award honors the contributions of a local organization serving youth in the County, which improves future success for youth and develops leadership skills.
***NOTE for Roper Award: Please note that organizations which are youth-led will receive extra points in the review process.

Community Action Board Co-Sponsoring Town Hall Meeting about Community Policing on March 16th

The Community Action Board is co-sponsoring a Town Hall meeting with the Faith Community Working Group on March 16th.  The event will feature Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger and will focus on various issues, including racial profiling, preventing violent extremism, and mental health issues related to law enforcement.  Participants will have the opportunity to raise their concerns and ask questions.

When: Monday, March 16th, 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: People's Community Baptist Church, 31 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905

To Register: Click HERE or send e-mail to  

Friday, March 6, 2015

TESS Center to Host Nutrition Workshops

Community Action's TESS Center is collaborating with Mary's Center to host monthly nutrition workshops in Spanish.  

Please call (301)422-5926 for more information.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Interfaith Works Featured on WAMU Program about Homelessness

Community Action partner, Interfaith Works, was recently featured on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.  Shane Rock, CEO of Interfaith Works, participated in a panel discussion about addressing homelessness in Washington, DC.  To listen to the program, please click HERE 

Interfaith Works Website

Homelessness is a chronic problem for some, a temporary situation for others. But whatever the reasons, thousands of people in our region need a place to stay on these bitterly cold nights. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is hiring “navigators” to help people find housing, as the District and non-profit groups around the region continue to provide temporary shelter for those in need. We explore the challenges of combating homelessness.


  • Shane Rock CEO, Interfaith Works
  • Laura Zeilinger Acting Director, D.C. Department of Human Services
  • Eric Sheptock Homeless Advocate